Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2001

Museum seeks preservation, volunteers

JUNEAU -- The Last Chance Mining Museum, perched above Gold Creek where Juneau's gold rush began, wants to keep historical items from leaving town.

Renee Hughes, who with her husband Gary Gillette runs the museum, has been hearing reports that Juneau's mining artifacts, historic photos and other historical items of interest are leaving town. She would like to see these items stay in town rather than float around the country where they are less relevant.

"If items relating to the great mining era of Juneau are cluttering your attics and basements, please give us a call at 586-5338. We will work with you to find them a good home and share them with the community," Hughes said.

The mining museum will kick off its summer season on International Museum Day, May 13. Volunteers are needed to keep the doors open. Hughes has been keeping the museum in Last Chance Basin open every day from mid-May to mid-September for the past five years.

Downtown crossing guards in city's future

JUNEAU -- The city manager's office has requested crossing guards for downtown Juneau during tourist season, Chief Mel Personett of the Juneau Police Department said Wednesday.

"The city has $50,000 available to pay for this extra time," Personett said. "We expect to hire four people, and may train school crossing guards to do the job." Personett expected the guards to be on duty within the next 90 days.

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